New bill proposes increase in Florida speed limits

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SARASOTA-- A new bi-partisan bill in the Florida Senate calls for increasing the speed limit by 5 miles-per-hour on interstates, highways and roads in the state.

"It's time that Florida review its laws and looks to see if another 5 miles-per-hour will help Florida drivers get there a little quicker," said Senator Jeff Brandes of St. Petersburg.

If the bill passes:

  • Interstates would go from 70 mph to 75 mph.
  • Four lane divided highways outside of urban areas would go from 65 mph to 70 mph.
  • State roads would be 65 mph from 60 mph.

"I think it's fantastic. I think we ought to do it. Anything to keep the traffic flowing in the morning," said Suzannah Hagan of Sarasota.

"I know people are worried about accidents, but I don't think it will cause a problem," said Courtney Corbett of Sarasota.

Al Danko, however, feels the legislation would create a problem. The instructor with Ault's driving school believes the bill is "stupid."

"We aren't race car drivers. You are going to have tire problems and then you will have blow outs. People roll in their cars. It's just a matter of time. We aren't ready for this," said Danko.

If the legislation passes, the Florida Department of Transportation will have the final say on which interstates, highways and roads will be able to have the speed limit increase.